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[filmscanners] RE: What can you advise?


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  • Subject: [filmscanners] RE: What can you advise?
  • From: "Jack Phipps" <JPhipps@asf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 10:53:08 -0500
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Congratulations Geoff! It must be exciting to be able to pursue your art
full time. I would recommend a scanner with Digital ICE. It does an
excellent job of removing defects, not just dust and scratches, but film
manufacturing defects that appear in many images. Digital ICE is available
in Minolta, Nikon, and Benq (Acer) consumer scanners and many other
commercial scanners (Kodak, Durst, Noritsu, Gretag, Agfa, etc). Microtek
recently announced Digital ICE for their flatbed scanners as well.

Nikon and Minolta also offer scanners with Digital ROC that restores color
to faded images and Digital GEM that removes noise (grain) from images.
Digital ROC is available as a Photoshop compatible plug in as is Digital
SHO. Digital SHO is a valuable tool that helps reveal shadow detail without
affecting the highlights. Both plug ins are available as a free trial from
www.asf.com.

If you are used to drum scans, you may want to consider one. They are
available on the used market and even though the technology is quite old, it
is still the measuring stick used for scanning comparisons.

Good luck with your scanning.

Jack Phipps
Applied Science Fiction


-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Clack [mailto:geoffc@adept-design.co.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2002 8:52 AM
To: Jack Phipps
Subject: [filmscanners] What can you advise?

Hello filmscanners

I am a new list member. Apart from a real interest in scanning (I've
notched up 50 years experience as a photographer and 40 as a graphic
designer) I've joined you in the hope of obtaining guidance in making
a film scanner purchase decision.

At work I generally use hi-res scans from drum scanners so am
undoubtedly fussy. As I near retirement (well, give up the day job)
my hope is to develop my interest in photography and, using Photoshop
etc., combine this with my ability as a painter to produce prints (I
started at Art School as a painter but couldn't see my parents being
able to support me so moved over to a graphic design course. I'll
never know if that was a wise decision - but most friends who
persevered as painters are now international names and wealthy!).

Anyway, as I look through the pages of Macworld, and read the
filmscanners list, I see reviews and mention of a variety of film
scanners (and related problems). So far, to me, no model stands head
and shoulders above the rest.

My spec includes: 35mm, 4000-ppi, Firewire and value for money. You
may know better.

What can you advise?

Geoff.

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